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Killeinagh Graveyard: Relig Cill Eidhneach, Clooney (Corcomroe)

Killeinagh Graveyard Project

Entrance to the Graveyard before work commenced
Entrance to the Graveyard before work commenced

Entrance to the Graveyard at the end of the project
Entrance to the Graveyard at the end of the project

On the 25th of February 2005 a committee was set up to organise improvement works at Killeinagh graveyard. The primary concern of the committee was the main entrance and road down to the graveyard which was in a very bad state. Having held talks with Clare County Council and having acquired an archaeological report from Mr. Michael Lynch plans were drawn up by Mr. John Moylan of Clare County Council.

Plans included:
  • Stone walls to be built with Cahersherkin Stone, on both side of the road down to the graveyard and a widening of the turning point at the end.
  • Farm gates to be hung on each side of the road to enable Joe Shannon access to his field.
  • Entrance to the graveyard to be widened to allow bearers to go in with a coffin.
  • Road to be widened, raised, re-surfaced, gravelled, and blinded. In keeping with the archaeological report, tarmac was not allowed to be used due to the era of the graveyard.
  • New entrance piers to be built and capped.
  • New gates had to be made as it was not possible to retain the old ones. This was due to health and safety issues and was laid down by the archaeological report.. The new gates are a replica of the old ones.

John Organ & John Shannon filling a mixer at Killeinagh
John Organ & John Shannon filling a mixer at Killeinagh

A huge amount of the initial work, namely digging out the western wall and bringing it up to foundation level, was done voluntarily by members of the local community. The stonework was carried out by John Carthy, Tom Barry and John Frawley who were employed by the Rural Resource Scheme on a week-on-week-off basis. The roadwork was done voluntarily by members of the committee. After two years this work is now complete [2007] and the flower beds put the finishing touches to the project.

All this work could not have been done without your help and contribution. People gave their time, machinery, expertise, etc. voluntarily and for this we are very grateful.

Re-building the western wall: (L-R) Tommy Conway, J.J. Gallagher, Joe conneely, Gerry Reidy, Joe Crosse
Re-building the western wall:
(L-R) Tommy Conway, J.J. Gallagher, Joe conneely, Gerry Reidy, Joe Crosse
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FÁS has kindly provided us with a part time caretaker for grass cutting / strimming duties.

Reiligh Cill Eidhneach, as the plaque reads on the entrance wall, is now a graveyard we can all be proud of. Graveyards are an important part of our archaeological heritage and should accordingly be treated with respect.

Killeinagh Graveyard Project Committee 2005 – 2007
Patron:   Fr. Anthony Minniter
Chairperson:   Joe Shannon
Vice Chairperson:   J.J. Gallagher
Secretary:   Maureen Rynne (R.I.P)
Ass. Secretary:   Anne Rynne
Treasurer:   Tommy Conway

Committtee:
Michael Clancy, Eileen Reidy, Robert Bennett, Mary Hynes, Brid Shannon, John Cuddihy, John McMahon, Teresa Coughlan, Joe Crosse (R.I.P.), Joe Coneely.

Hard at Work. Standing: Eileen Reidy. Seated (L-R): John Cuddihy, Joe Crosse, Tommy Conway, Robert Bennett, Gerry Reidy, J.J. Clancy, Michael Clancy, Ian Cuddihy, John Organ, John Shannon.
Hard at Work.
Standing: Eileen Reidy. Seated (L-R): John Cuddihy, Joe Crosse, Tommy Conway, Robert Bennett, Gerry Reidy, J.J. Clancy, Michael Clancy, Ian Cuddihy, John Organ, John Shannon.

 
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Killeinagh Graveyard: Relig Cill Eidhneach, Clooney (Corcomroe)